About the nursery

Children flourish at Oak Tree Day Nursery.

Set on the beautiful campus at Newton Park, Oak Tree Day Nursery boasts a close knit team of nursery practitioners and Forest School leaders who provide quality childcare, education and Forest School that meets the individual needs of children and their families. Imagine lakeside walks, woodland areas and beautiful scenery that sparks children’s creativity.

Our highly trained and skilled nursery practitioners and stimulating environment supports children to grow into independent and confident learners who are inquisitive about the world around them.

Our approach to education embraces opportunities for children to learn values that influence their life and that of others.

Nursery practitioners tune into children’s interests and provide learning experiences that will further their learning and development and inspire them to engage with nature.

About the nursery

The setting

The nursery is located on the beautiful Newton Park campus and in two adjoining houses. One house provides care for children aged between 6 months – 2 years, although children can continue to attend this house until they are 30 months. The other provides care for children aged between 2 – 5 years, although children can attend after they turn 18 months.

Whilst the nursery is situated in two houses children spend the majority of their day accessing learning opportunities outdoors. This supports the UK physical activity guidelines for Early Years that children should receive 3 hours of physical activity each day. The continuous provision that we offer reflects what is available for children both outdoors and indoors.

Active play

To support the government’s Change for Life initiative the nursery is working towards a number of awards one of which is the Active Play Award. This award focuses on promoting an active lifestyle for children. The nursery’s Active Play Policy is implemented to ensure all children are physically active throughout the day and the amount of time that is spent on sedentary activity is minimised. The enabling environment fosters, encourages and provides physical activity for all children.

Healthy eating

The nursery is also working towards the Healthy Eating Award. The nursery’s four week menu has been developed by the nursery manager with input from the catering team. Using fresh ingredients, all dishes are prepared by the catering team each day and portion sizes follow the Eat Better Start Better guidance.

The nursery provides a snack for children twice a day which consists of fruit, sandwiches, crackers, rice cakes, breadsticks, cherry tomatoes, cucumber and cheese. Children also prepare and cook their own snack once a week using healthy and wholesome ingredients, for example salmon dips with vegetable crudités or soup. Children have a choice of milk or water to drink at snack time and are offered water with lunch. Children are supported to serve themselves and independent feeding is encouraged. Parents/carers are asked to supply a water bottle for their child that children can access throughout the day. The water bottle is kept at nursery and refilled with water at the beginning of each session.

Working in partnership

Nursery practitioners at Oak Tree Day Nursery are committed to working in partnership with parents and carers. It is essential that parent/carers and practitioners work together to support the child to progress to their full potential and to ensure the child’s individual needs are met. Parents/carers are encouraged to be involved in nursery life through the nursery adopting an open door policy; whereby parents/carers can visit the nursery throughout the day to spend time with their child. Parents/carers can also arrive early to collect their child and between the hours of their agreed sessions.

Nursery practitioners work in partnership with parents/carers to obtain the knowledge and expertise of the parent/carer when planning for the provision and care for their child.

Key person

Each child is allocated a key person who has special responsibility for a group of children giving them consistent care and support. The key person works closely with the child’s parent/carer and is the parent/carers first point of contact when sharing information about the child’s progress, any changes to the child’s care and wellbeing.

The key person maintains Learning Diaries for children which documents the child’s learning, development, areas of interest and achievements. The key person uses the Practice Guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) to support the growth, learning and development of children.

Our vision and values

Our vision

Children are adventurous, playful and passionate in the way they engage with their world. Set with in the glorious environment of Newton Park, Oak Tree Nursery provides everyday experiences which reflect the unique nature of children’s learning. Based within the wider university community, opportunities for learning and pedagogy are informed by global perspectives and research.

Our values

At Oak Tree Day Nursery we believe:

  • Play provides a powerful context for every child as a unique and creative thinker, whilst supporting positive relationships with other children and adults
  • The outdoor environment provides opportunities for deep engagement with nature and mastering the challenges that this presents, while encouraging the development of independence, social responsibility and risk taking
  • Reciprocal relationships of mutual trust and respect ensure that adults and children value each other and take each other seriously
  • The University’s research community provides shared learning opportunities for staff, children and families
  • Working together with families and the wider community enriches children’s learning and well-being

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